Marlins interested in Morse, Morneau
Two names near the top of the Marlins’ list when it comes to filling their void at first base are free agent Michael Morse and Colorado’s Justin Morneau, according to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro.
The Marlins have made it a priority this offseason to find an upgrade at first base. They believe Morse could be the solution after the 32-year-old batted .279/.336/.475 to go along with 16 homers and 61 RBIs over 131 games this past season with the Giants.
That said, it won’t be easy for the Marlins to sign him. A number of other teams have expressed interest in Morse, including at least two American League teams in the Rangers and Orioles. The option of occassionally serving as a designated hitter may be something that appeals to Morse, given his injury history.
As for Morneau, it’s unclear whether or not the Marlins have even contacted the Rockies at this point, let alone what they’d offer in return.
— Paul Casella